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Dr. Eric Hunt

Dr. Eric Hunt,
Research Fellow

Dr. Eric Hunt is a Research Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, where he looks at national, environmental, and food security risks from climate change and hydrometeorological extremes. Eric is a Staff Scientist in the Research and Development division of Verisk Atmospheric and Environmental Research, where his research focuses on the monitoring and prediction of drought/flash drought and its impacts to agriculture and water resources. Eric recently led a paper with co-founders Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell on the impact of the 2010 Russia flash drought on food security. Eric received his Ph.D. in Natural Resources Sciences in 2015 from the University of Nebraska.

New Analysis from the Center for Climate and Security – Ten Years After its Founding

By Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell

The Center for Climate and Security (CCS) has been producing cutting-edge analysis on the security risks of climate change since its founding ten years ago – back when few were paying attention to this dimension of national and international security. Today, climate security risks are unfortunately on the rise across the world, and the need for continued analysis (and urgent policy action) on the issue has never been greater. In this context, the CCS team continues to deliver informed warnings about the state of climate security, and to offer solutions. Here is a list of notable output from CCS, and its experts, over the past few months.


Read, Watch, Listen: CCS Across the Web | March 2022

By Brigitte Hugh

Welcome to Read, Watch, Listen from the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a monthly round-up highlighting some of the articles, interviews, and podcasts featuring the CCS network of experts.  

This month, our experts were largely focused on the crisis in Ukraine and how it might intersect with a changing climate and policies to address it. In addition to the CCS briefer on the topic, experts were featured in print and on the air talking about the climate connections, from the energy transition to food security.


BRIEFER: The Security Implications of the Pakistan Floods

By Andrea Rezzonico and Erin Sikorsky
Edited by Francesco Femia

The tragedy unfolding in Pakistan in the wake of unprecedented flooding late last month, which has inundated a third of the country and displaced millions of people, is not only a humanitarian catastrophe but also poses significant security threats. Already before the floods, South Asia experienced record breaking heat waves in April and May, leading to unbearable living conditions, widespread energy blackouts, and rapid glacial melt. These climate hazards will compound existing challenges in the country, including political instability, Islamic extremism, and nuclear security.

Given these dynamics, efforts to address the immediate humanitarian crisis as well as develop longer-term climate adaptation and resilience measures are not just the right thing for Western countries to do—such investments will also provide security benefits as they contribute to a more stable Pakistan in the future. In particular, the United States must live up to its climate finance commitments, and better integrate climate considerations into the range of engagements it has with Pakistan, including ongoing military training and support.

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